Tick Surveillance, Management Strategies and Personal
Moses Cucura, M.S.
Entomologist, Vector Control
Suffolk County Department of Public Works
Where: Linder Theater, AMNH, enter West 77th Street entrance
Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Time: 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Moses Cucura, an entomologist, is the Tick Specialist for Suffolk County Department of Public Works, Division of Vector Control and an appointed member to the Suffolk County Tick Control Advisory Committee. He examines existing and emerging tick management strategies and products through locally held field efficacy trials and provides technical assistance to entities interested in or conducting tick management. In addition, he operates a long term tick surveillance program with sites across Suffolk County tracking species, populations, seasonal activity, and environmental parameters to help improve management efforts.
The presentation will briefly review Suffolk County Vector Control’s county-wide tick surveillance and management initiative. Deer Tick (Ixodes scapularis), Lone Star Tick (Amblyomma americanum) and the American Dog Tick (Dermacentor variabilis) ecologies will be reviewed and their relationships to management strategies highlighted. Individual tick management strategies will be examined and the potential synergistic effects of implementing multiple strategies simultaneously will be reviewed. Field efficacy of select synthetic and various green or organic acaricide products and application methods will be examined based on existing literature and Suffolk County Vector Control’s field efficacy trials. Lastly, tick repellent types and concentrations data will be presented and discussed to improve personal protection while outdoors.
Dinner: Senn Thai Comfort Food, 452 Amsterdam Avenue, 9:00 p.m.
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